- Copertina rigida: 336 pagine
- Editore: Doubleday (14 febbraio 2013)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0857521616
- ISBN-13: 978-0857521613
- Peso di spedizione: 522 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon:
Ghostman (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 14 feb 2013
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"This is a quite astonishing debut from a 24-year-old who drafted it while he was a student in Oregon. Incredibly mature, impeccably researched and written with supreme panache, it starts with a casino heist that goes spectacularly wrong ... There are strands of James Sallis in the internal conversations, but on top of these comes a freshness and a swagger that is impossible to ignore. It moves like a black mamba and is every bit as deadly. Fierce, taut and with an intensity that burns the lungs, I doubt whether there will be a debut thriller to match it this year, or even next." (Geoffrey Wansell DAILY MAIL)
"Hobbs, who is 24, recounts Ghostman's adventures with startling and sparkling assurance, as evident in flash back scenes set in Kuala Lumpur as in all the mayhem and mind games in New Jersey. A star is born? Quite possibly." (John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES)
"Full of authentic detail, seedy locations and a high corpse count, it keeps you hooked until the very last page." (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
"This thrilling tale of the bloody aftermath of a casino heist gone wrong reads as if it were written by an expert in safe-cracking and bank robbing... Brilliantly clever, gripping and action-packed, it's narrated by the mysterious Ghostman, who's hired to put right botched jobs. Utterly original and bound to become a big-budget movie." (SUNDAY MIRROR)
"Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately!" (LEE CHILD)
Descrizione del libro
People see what you tell them to see . . .
Oceans Eleven meets Drive meets Lee Child in this extraordinary pulse-pounding debut from the most exciting new thriller writer of the yearVisualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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Roger Hobbs has written one of the best novels of the year which also happens to be a first novel. He is amazingly good at, not only the propulsive plot, but also for writing a superb character study of Jack. This antihero evokes the Parker stories of Richard Stark. The reader is well aware of the horrific things the main protagonist is capable of, yet, still roots for him. The character's lack of a definite home and gypsy like existence evokes the Reacher novels of Lee Child. There is much tradecraft but the book is never too technical. The book is on the shortlist for the Crime Writers Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. It is a well deserved nomination.
Here, then, comes young Roger Hobbs with a new twist on the thriller. Hobbs' protagonist -- his hero, it would seem -- is not a superhero cop, spy, or private investigator. He is, in fact, an unrepentant, lifelong armed robber and murderer who combines the strength of an Olympic gold medalist with an IQ of 165 and the ability to outfight the biggest, baddest bad guy ever to come down the pike. Oh, but this guy never murders anyone unless it's absolutely necessary! And, in the course of Roger Hobbs' debut novel, Ghostman, he only kills maybe six or eight guys. (He doesn't like to murder women, we're told. Unless it's absolutely necessary.)
The title character is the guy on a team of bankrobbers who makes things disappear, including himself. He seamlessly shifts from one disguise to another, adopting a wide variety of names but never revealing his own. By applying makeup, coloring his hair, changing his voice and his gait, he manages to put on 20 years in an hour -- and we're expected to believe that he remains undetected even by someone sitting within two feet of him. The few people who really know him call him Ghostman. He's rootless as well as ruthless, and he could turn up anywhere in the world there's a huge bank job waiting.
Blood, guts, and impossibilities aside, there are a couple of things about Hobbs' writing that are laudable. His prose flows smoothly, uninterrupted by lyrical turns of phrase to hint that he's really a "serious" writer. And he's clearly done a masterful job of research into the procedural niceties and the argot of bank robbery as well as the workings of Atlantic City casinos and other topics closely related to his story. And, by the way, when I say Hobbs is young, I mean young: having graduated in 2011 from Reed College, he appears to be in his early twenties.
What's missing from Ghostman and other novels of the same ilk is soul. Though Hobbs appends an "autobiography" of his killer-hero to illustrate his motivation for doing what he does, there's not so much as a shred of evidence that the man -- or, for that matter, Roger Hobbs -- ever considers the needs, the feelings, or the value of other people. As I said, no soul.
Why do these nihilistic books get written so often, let alone published? And why do we read them? (Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!) Is there some bloodthirsty streak in our national character that impels us to make heroes out of people who seem to kill for a living?
Cracker of a story.
Characters and detail with mystery plan and smarts
Already looking forward to what's next
Atlantic City. The perfect heist, perfectly planned- treasury bills on their way to a casino. But.....the best laid schemes of mice and men....
When things go horribly wrong, Marcus, the orchestrator (jugmarker) of the heist gets in touch with 'Jack' (aren't all the best anti-heroes named Jack?!) in hopes of salvaging part of his plan. Jack owes Marcus for something that happened on another job. Since that job Jack has disappeared - like a ghost.
"My name isn't really Jack. My name isn't John, George, Robert, Michael or Steven, either. It isn't any of the names that appear on my drivers licenses and it isn't on my passports or credit cards. My real name isn't anywhere, except maybe on a college diploma and a couple of school records in my safety-deposit box. Jack Delton was just an alias, and it was long since retired. I'd used it for a job five years ago and never again since......Only two people in the world knew that name."
Jack is caught between warring criminals, his own proclivity for living on the edge and the past. We slowly learn what happened in the botched robbery five years ago and how Jack came to be the Ghostman.
Hobbs had me hooked from page one. The opening scenes are action filled, addictive and set the pace for the rest of the book. The story never falters or stalls and had me enthralled until I (reluctantly) turned the last page. The plot twists and turns in unexpected directions, taking the reader on a thrill packed ride.
Hobbs has obviously done a great deal of research into the criminal underworld of robberies, casinos, security and more. (Who knew you could kill someone with nutmeg?) The details included are fascinating and really add depth to the story. This is not a glossed over paint by the numbers plot. In fact, I stopped at one point to go online and read about the author. I really could not believe this was a debut novel.
"Roger Hobbs graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2011, where he majored in English. His first book, GHOSTMAN, was written during the summer between his junior and senior years at Reed. He spent the school year rewriting it and editing. The manuscript was sent off on the day he graduated. A few weeks later it caused an uproar at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair, and has since sold in more than fifteen countries around the world."
Who is going to love this book? Well, in my opinion, everyone. But if you're a fan of Reacher and the 'Oceans' heist movies, then this is one for you. I absolutely loved it - Five stars all the way.
Roger Hobbs: "My protagonist may be on the other side of the law from Lee's (Childs) heroic Jack Reacher, but he's just as smart, rough and principled. If I can get anyone to stay up all night reading, then I've done my job." Job done, Roger - in spades. More please.